Bon­nie Doon netballers all fired up

Mansfield Courier - - Sport - By SAM ROUGET

BON­NIE Doon Netball Club have be­gun their team tri­als this week – and with huge num­bers al­ready show­ing at pre-sea­son train­ings, they are look­ing for­ward to the year ahead.

“We’re do­ing in­cred­i­bly well – we’ve got mas­sive num­bers again which is good, but could also be a lit­tle bit of a worry too,” head coach Michelle Tan­ner said.

“We’re hit­ting the 40 mark at train­ings, so there are a lot of play­ers in­ter­ested.”

With the help of fit­ness coach Nat Tay­lor and the rest of the coach­ing lineup, the play­ers have been work­ing on both their fit­ness and their match play and skills.

With one player com­ing from Shep­par­ton Bears (GVL) and an­other from Yea, it is hoped that some new blood in the club will as­sist in their suc­cess.

“We have lost a cou­ple from last year to preg­nancy and univer­sity but we have been able to make up for that,” Tan­ner said.

Last sea­son’s league B&F win­ner Bec Wat­son has re­cently ac­cepted a po­si­tion at uni in Al­bury, but will still be play­ing for Doon.

Wat­son will train at the Raiders (rep­re­sen­ta­tive team) through­out the week, but will be back to play on the week­ends.

Key player Chrissy Hamil­ton was out with an ACL in­jury for part of last sea­son and will be mak­ing a come­back this sea­son too – some­thing that the coach­ing panel are look­ing for­ward to.

“We’ve got a big coach­ing group,” Tan­ner said.

“We have got three se­nior coaches, two coaches for un­der 17s and two for u15s.”

With the line-up sorted and tri­als hap­pen­ing this week, the club is look­ing in good shape for sea­son 2020.

“We can’t wait,” Tan­ner said. “Es­pe­cially af­ter what we’ve been able to do the last few years like get­ting a few teams into fi­nals.”

Last year – to the credit of play­ers and coaches - the Doon un­der 17 netballers man­aged to make it to their third con­sec­u­tive grand fi­nal, only to fall short of a premiershi­p.

With the suc­cess of pre­vi­ous sea­sons like last year’s in mind, the netballers’ pri­mary fo­cus will be to con­tinue on with their pos­i­tive progress.

“We want to be able to con­tinue it on and go that step fur­ther rather than just make fi­nals,” Tan­ner said.

“We want to be able to step it up and stay in the fi­nals that lit­tle bit longer.”

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